Useful Apps

It’s really important to me that the learning experiences I provide for the students in my class are purposeful. There are so many apps out there for almost every subject and topic imaginable, but when I actually started to search for great apps to use in my classroom this year, it was a lot more difficult than I imagined.

The majority of the apps that I have come across are simple games that simply fill in time. I want more for my students. I want them to be excited and engaged, while also being challenged, creative and learning valuable skills.

I am excited about the potential iPads and apps can bring to a classroom, but that is exactly it – like anything else, they have potential. It is up to us to ensure they are enhancing the learning experience and not simply filling in time or being used as an unnecessary extra activity. Instead of apps being used as fast finisher activities, they should be used by students as part of their learning and to illustrate their learning.

The following is a list of apps that I believe can be meaningfully integrated into lessons.

Explain Everything

  • Students create their own videos and tutorials.
  • Click here for an example of ‘Explain Everything’.

Show Me

  • Similar to ‘Explain Everything’.
  • Searches for pictures on the web.


  • Students are able to solve problems from addition to division.


  • Students create their own movie trailers and star in them.

Strip Designer

  • Students create their own comic strips with their own photos.

Puppet Pals

  • Students create their own play using their photos or provided images. Students can also add audio.


  • Creates movies using images/photos/text/music.
  • Create  a trailer.
  • Record and narrate.
  • Create an opinion video.

Story Kit

  • Create an electronic storybook.

Apps in Education is also a great website which provides great information about apps.

Click here to read a great blog post from Tim Ryland’s Blog that compliments this post very well.

Click here to add to a Google Doc with a list of apps.


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How do you meaningfully integrate apps in your classroom?

What apps do you use in your classroom?

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